PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICE
It was recognised that in practical terms Personal Assistance was at the core of Independent Living. A PA is someone who provides a person with a disability (referred to as a ‘Leader’) with physical assistance to help them in all aspects of daily life. Their roles may include self-care assistance, like support with washing, dressing and mobility issues, domestic assistance with cooking, cleaning, laundry etc., community integration assistance with things like shopping, using transport and handling money, and social and leisure activities like meeting with friends and family. Along with this the PA endeavours to maintain/ improve health status of the Leader where possible, whether through exercise, education or employment opportunities. However their role is purely to assist and to provide care for, not to tell the Leader what is best for them.
Essentially a PA service is a service for persons who need assistance in aspects of daily living, at home, travelling, at work, college or socially. The individual’s needs are assessed and the identified need then determines the level of service required (i.e. number of hours and how many PAs each person needs) to enable a Leader to achieve independent living.
Following assessment and where services are to be provided, the HSE approve the hours and then contract directly with TCIL to provide the defined number of hours of service to the named individual. TCIL invoice the HSE for the cost of providing this service.
TCIL employ the Personal Assistant and ensure that adequate training including Manual Handling & Patient Moving, Health & Safety etc is provided.
Additional Services provided by TCIL
The transport service comprises 6 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles which provide a subsidised transport service.This service provides transport for people with Disabilities and the Older Persons to medical outpatient appointments and respite, family and social outing etc. This service is provided nationwide.
The transport service comprises 6 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles which provide a subsidised transport service.
The transport service also operates a scheduled transport service to various Training Centres for school leavers and adults with disabilities. This transport provides a valuable service for the users to attend the training which equips them with additional life skills. This is an area where we work closely with other service providers to fulfil the needs of wheelchair accessible transport.
The transport services is used by the people who TCIL provide a service for social outings and shopping trips on a regular bases and this is enhanced by the fact that two of the buses can be driven by employees who have a car licence.